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Lebanon Police are continuing their investigation into a robbery that occurred Tuesday night at One-Stop Market, 725 York Street.

Capt. Terry Bowman said investigators are running down leads and looking for possible witnesses who may have information about the crime.

The incident occurred late Tuesday night, sometime from 9:50 and 10. Bowman said police are searching for two black males suspected in the robbery. The two men wore “typical cold weather clothing,” he said, adding that their faces were covered.

A weapon was used in the robbery and money was taken from the store. Bowman, noting that the investigation is ongoing, declined to discuss the weapon or the amount taken.

The robbery is the latest in a series of them in the surrounding area including Nashville, Gallatin and Murfreesboro.

Bowman said the slow economy is “obviously always going to be part of it,” but he noted, “attitude” among many of those committing the crimes also plays a part.

“There are a lot of people running around the street who need to be in the penitentiary,” he said.

In recent years, some people who have been convicted of crimes have not always been sent to prison where overcrowding has become a concern, Bowman said. He noted that in recent months it has been discussed at the state level perhaps letting as many 3,000 felons out of prison early because of overcrowding and the need to cut the budget. However, Gov. Phil Bredesen recently said that the state would not release felons early and would look for budget reductions elsewhere.

“We have such an overpopulation of the criminal element. There are only so many who can sew up the drug market” and other activities that what is left is robbery. “Those are going to go up, and we’ve (seen that),” he said.

Bowman noted that local police are also continuing to work with other jurisdictions to see if some of the people they are looking at might be suspects in robberies and other crimes in nearby cities and counties.

If you have any information concerning the robbery at One-Stop Market on Tuesday night, call the LPD at 444-2323.

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